Category : Artists

Photo by Felicity Crawshaw

Residencies in Clay Artist Blog: Josie ko

For 4 weeks across November and December Josie KO took part in Residencies in Clay, which supported artists exploring the transformational potential of clay within society and contemporary arts practice. The residency culminated in Building the Clay Commons with Eva Masterman, which brought together local community members, makers and artists from the North East and beyond. Josie reflects on her developing relationship with clay and her thought processes while on residency at SSW. All words by Josie ko. I’ve never […]

Caregivers residency blog: Hope is the thing with feathers by Norma D Hunter

In March 2023 Norma D Hunter completed her SSW X Counterflows Residency supported by Creative Scotland’s Radical Care project. The residency offered artists time, space, funding and support to develop artists practices alongside their caregiving responsibilities. Norma has written a beautiful, honest blog about her experience as a caregiver and how the residency helped her regain her identity as an artist. Please note this blog contents information about living with and supporting someone living with cancer. “When it comes back…and it will come […]

Artist-Led Exchange Event – Roos Dijkhuizen

Roos Dijkhuizen has been on residency at SSW the past month experimenting and creating a series of objects inspired by local symbology that can also be used to create an ensemble of sounds. Roos would like to invite you to the workshop on Thursday 6th of July to share and explore how these objects can be played in a collective group, considering the works as tools to respond to your environment and finding your own rhythms in the landscape. The […]

Introducing the participants of our Emerging Artist Residency

Week in Pictures… The March Emerging Artists Katie Anderson, Jen Bradley, Thomas Woodcock, Fiona McCubbin, Rachel Levine and Emily Iremonger, have been working in every workshop and almost every medium during their three week stay. Here is Katie Anderson showing us her copper cast horn that she is hoping to install during a hill walk over the next couple of weeks.                             Last week we held studio […]

Looking back at the Darkness and Isolation Residencies

Presentations and Workshops Artists Helle Bjerregaard, Jane Brucker, Catharina Golebowskie, Petra Vergunst, Jack Vickridge and Harriette Yarrington joined us for the Darkness and Isolation Residency, which ran from January to February this year.                         While Mars might seem literally light years away from us, Aberdeenshire is actually home to the only known source of Macaulayite in the world. Macaulayte is rich in iron, with a distinctive red colour, and is being […]

In the shadow of the breast

North East landmark in focus: international artists’ new work inspired by Bennachie on view in Aberdeen  Preview 6.30pm Friday 4 April 2014 Seventeen, 17 Belmont Street, Aberdeen Bennachie – hill of the breast – is an iconic landmark that has cast its shadow over the North East since it was formed 400 million years ago. This mass of rock was gradually worn away by glaciations, wind, rain and frost, revealing the familiar profile that stands dominating the horizon today. In the […]

Work created by Mary Freeman

Natural Bennachie, from Glasgow to Milan!

Henry Coombes film, “Two Discs and a Zed” (working title Between the Dog and the Wolf), made as part of the Natural Bennachie project, will show at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow. Previewing Friday, 22 November, the exhibition “Man of the Year” will run until Sunday 26th January.  Further details of the event are available on the CCA website; http://www.cca-glasgow.com/ We are very pleased to announce that Natural Bennachie artists collective Casali+Roubini have had their short documentary film “Arrange […]

New installation on Bennachie with Venice Biennale artist Elpida

This morning Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva led a group of volunteer artists to create a large scale temporary artwork/installation on Bennachie hill. Over the next few days Elpida will be working closely with students from Gray’s School of Art, as well as the Forestry Commission Scotland and the Bailies of Bennachie, and the artwork will emerge as a spectacular visual intervention spanning over 0.6 of a hectare, visible from the summit of Mither Tap and Mill Stone. Working collaboratively as part of […]

Pollen Analysis Art Science Exhibition

Art Science Exhibition by artist collective ~ in the fields opens at the Sir Duncan Rice Library, University of Aberdeen from Thursday 7 November to Sunday 17 November 2014. The exhibition results from a collaboration between ~ in the fields and Dr. Edward Schofield of the School of Geosciences at the University of Aberdeen, exploring the past environment of the iconic Bennachie range through soil sampling and pollen analysis. The exhibition opens with an Artist Talk at 7pm on Thursday 7th […]

Introducing – SSW’s Nam Le

Above: Nam Le (Right), with USUK London-based artist Ben Woodeson. Introducing Nam Le, SSW’s new resident technician, a 2011 graduate of the University of Maryland’s Studio Art programme. Over the winter, Salem Art Works (SAW), Franconia Sculpture Park in Minnesota and SSW connected with the goal of creative a self-sustaining network of artist residencies around the world. As articulated by SAW’s Executive Director Anthony Cafritz, “This is a global approach to connecting residency programmes so artists can experience culture, ideas […]